[top-120] KMPST - KMPZ SESSIONS (Part 1)
KMPST brings the best of the Moscow underground electroacoustic free improv tablet electronica and marks the beginning of a new exciting era on top-40.org with back-to-the-roots hidden gems, original hits, and more entertaining explorations of the unknown.
KMPZ SESSIONS are designed as an acoustic labyrinth without exits but with many escape routes through paradoxical gaps in the aural continuum. Primordial, almost shamanic rhythms meet futuristic mech-a-droids in the vortex of high-freq noises and digital glitches, Amnesia Scanner versus self-mutated Autechre audio algorithms, dark soundscapes, and Muslimgauze'esque faux ethnic vibes.
The opening track KMPZ 015, a rudimentary clicks'n'çutz dark breakbeat anthem, sends us off on a rather epic hour-long journey through an abstract experimentalist interacoustic universe. From suspenseful, uncanny deep dub pulsations on KMPZ 001 to a slowly unfolding, swampy bass micro-ambient soundscape KMPZ 004, with a slightly attenuated KMPZ 008's distant motive and granular proto-rhythmic vibrations and entrancing melodies of KMPZ 012, KMPST presents a compelling yet highly abstract musical story.
KMPST is a Moscow free improv art collective founded in the late 2010s by two architects, long-time experimental music enthusiasts, and experienced visual artists. For a change, they decided to completely eliminate any visual element from their creative output, forced to find common structures and realize images and shapes and forms from their imagination entirely in the sonic field, through a series of self-produced, self-arranged improvisational sessions with minimum overdubs.
Nikita Tsymbal has been practicing audiovisual research and experimental/interactive video for over 15 years. As a video artist, Tsymbal collaborated with prominent collectives and performers from all over the world, such as Franz Pomassl, Alexei Borisov, Adam Ebringer, Motor, Zavoloka, Pavel Jagun, F.R.U.I.T.S., Vladimir Ratzkevitch, Fractal Heads, ZoomRa, Notchnoi Prospekt, Vega Stereo, Roman Anikushin, Mushroom Killers, Apel, Nikita Golyshev (CDR), Pixelord, Andrei Smirnov, Andrey Kiritchenko, Sergey Komarov, choreographer Andrey Kovalenko (Banzay), and many others. He also produced and co-authored several contemporary dance performances with interactive mapping video and light projections, leading Asymmetrique Answer (Moscow, France) performance group with Anna Abalikhina, Sergey Komarov, Valery Vasiukov, Maxim Yakhontov, and realizing projects like 9 concepts (Moscow) and Un/monumental (Moscow) with FarFor choreography and live music by Pixelord.
Ivan Plevin is a Moscow architect, interior designer, and art/street photographer who works with Pentax and various medium-format film cameras.
KMPST on Sndcloud: soundcloud.com/user-414451797-958421551
Compiled and slightly edited by Lev Kantor
Photography by Ivan Plevin
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